Tonight's game was billed as a preview of two strong Cy Young candidates, both trying to notch their 16th win of the season. One of these pitchers tossed a seven inning shutout, giving up three hits. The other lasted but a single inning, giving up five runs on five hits and issuing four walks.
And it is CERTAINLY not the pitcher (and team) you would think.
Less than two weeks after Cahill got rocked at Yankee Stadium; giving up a whopping eight runs in his four innings, he pulled it together to pitch an absolute gem tonight. Cahill stymied the Red Sox offense for his seven innings, striking out four in the process.
The night started out on a promising note; the very first batter of the game hit a homerun--and Coco brought it back, going up and over the wall to rob the Red Sox of the first run of the game. The A's would never look back.
Coco Crisp singed to lead off the bottom of the first (he does everything; KEEP HIM!) and promptly stole second base (in what would be the first of his three steals on the game). Barton walked and Suzuki smacked a long double to score both runs.
Cust walked (the first of his three walks on the night), Ellis singled to load the bases and Hermida grounded into a double play to score the A's third run.
The A's would add two more runs in the second; Larish walked, Pennington singled, Crisp walked and Barton singled, bringing their lead to 5-0. Boston's Richardson, Bowden, Coello and Manual would hold the A's scoreless the rest of the way (despite other scoring opportunities), and Breslow and Henry Rodriguez would finish off Cahill's shutout.
Cahill has a strong case for the Cy Young, but as sf drift king noted; Cahill was absolutely awful when it counted; the big-stage game against the Yankees. Nevertheless, he is putting on a show this season.
In other news, I'm incredibly angry at the Yankees and their 18 LOB's tonight. Nelson Cruz hit both the tying and winning homeruns, so that game is now over. Thanks Chad Gaudin, who threw exactly ONE pitch to lose the game.
The A's keep battling; we'll do it all again tomorrow night!